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A woman working in the local Capital One credit card office made unauthorized Husker football ticket purchases and scammed buyers on an online ticket exchange, a Lincoln police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Police allege Ana Rivera, 31, used information from at least 10 credit card customers to buy 336 Nebraska football tickets between September and November and resold an unspecified number of them, Officer Angela Sands said.

The scheme didn't come to the attention of Lincoln police until Nov. 11 when a 54-year-old Kearney woman bought five tickets for $200 on the Husker Ticket Exchange page on Facebook, Sands said.

After meeting for the exchange at a gas station in northwest Lincoln, the woman and her companions went to the game but were denied entry at Memorial Stadium, she said. She was told the tickets had been bought fraudulently and the credit card holders were disputing the purchases.

Police, working with Capital One's investigators and the university's ticket office, traced the sales to Rivera, who had been arrested in another identity theft case Nov. 27.

In that case, a Lincoln police investigator following up on a report of $24,570 in fraudulent U.S. Bank credit card purchases in an Alliance woman's name traced a Chick-fil-A food delivery to the home of Rivera and Keaton Williams, 27.

Both face identity theft and theft by deception charges in that case.

Rivera was arrested Wednesday in the alleged Husker ticket scheme.

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